The Irish in Australia

The Irish in Australia

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The Irish have been a colourful and profoundly influential element in Australia’s evolution into a nation.

The Irish in Australia

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Since the First Fleet of 1788, the Irish have been coming to Australia. They were the beginning of a central, colourful and profoundly influential element in Australia’s evolution into a nation different and separate from Britain. Commencing with Irish convicts, feared and despised – ‘nearly as wild themselves as the cattle’ – following free Irish immigrants and settlers into the often hostile texture of colonial life, they came to see themselves as patriotic Australians, integrating into all levels and facets of national life and character, many occupying the highest positions in the land in government, law and commerce. This edition features an important revised final chapter which deals with the changing relationship between Australians, new Irish and Irish Australians. In examining these changes Patrick O’Farrell considers the effect of major government initiatives associated with the policies of multiculturalism introduced into Australia from the 1970s.

Softcover, 363 pgs, illustrated, selected further reading, index. As new. 195mm x 260mm

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Short Description The Irish have been a colourful and profoundly influential element in Australia’s evolution into a nation.
Weight (g) 363.0000
Author P. O’Farrell
Publisher UNSW Press
Date Published 2000. Third revised edition.
ISBN 0 86840 635 X
Size 238mm x 180mm

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